By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Mar 16, 2023 at 11:04 AM

If you’ve appreciated the expansion of the food scene and the growth in Wisconsin’s food culture over the past decade, you’ll want to mark your calendars for this very special dinner featuring local industry leaders who’ve been honored by the James Beard Foundation.

Taste of Milwaukee: A Friends of James Beard Benefit Event will take place at EsterEv, 360 E. Erie St., on Tuesday, April 25 with seatings at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The dinner will feature six collaborative courses which showcase globally-inspired cuisine alongside expertly paired beverages.

Hosted by five-time James Beard semi-finalists Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite, this special evening will showcase the work of some of the city’s (and state’s) most talented chefs while supporting the James Beard Foundation’s mission to celebrate, support and elevate the people who shape American food culture. 

Featured guests will include:

  • Kyle Knall, Executive Chef and Owner of Birch
  • Adam Siegel, Executive Chef and Owner of Lupi & Iris
  • Karen Bell, Executive Chef and Owner of Bavette La Boucherie
  • Justin Aprahamian, Chef and Co-Owner of Sanford
  • Paul Zerkel and Lisa Kirkpatrick, Co-Owners of Goodkind
  • Katie Rose, Co-Owner and Beverage Director of Goodkind

Tickets for the Taste of Milwaukee Dinner are $150 per person and include six courses, plus beverage pairings. Tickets are available for purchase online.  All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the James Beard Foundation.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.